The Creation: The First Eight Chapters of Genesis. Woodcuts by Frans Masereel
Verona: Officina Bodoni / Pantheon, 1948. First Edition. Folio (39cm). Original printed cream wrappers with unprinted glassine dustwrapper; publisher's slipcase. One of 100 copies with English text (of a total edition of 126), hand-printed by Hans Mardersteig on Fabriano hand-made paper. With 24 original woodcut illustrations by Frans Masereel. Upper edge of slipcase partially detached, else fine, retaining the original glassine which is slightly darkened with a few tiny losses to spine panel. Very fresh internally, with strong, dark impressions throughout. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to inside front cover. A major production of Mardersteig's Officina Bodoni, and a great example of Masereel's later, more expressionistic and less angular graphic style. Quite scarce, especially in fine condition. MARDERSTEIG 88.